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The Fit List

Anybody else doing one of the Springfield tris this weekend? How about a century bike ride in McLean County? There’s a couple 5Ks to choose from as well.
Here’s the list:

Weekend of July 30-31:
— Springfield Tri Fest
The Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon and the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon are on Saturday in Springfield.
The Iron Abe is a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike and a 10K run. The Stoneman is a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike and a 5K run. The Iron Abe starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Stoneman starts at 8 a.m. at the Lake Springfield Beach House.
Online registration is closed now, but you can register today from 4 to 7 p.m. at packet pickup. There is no race day registration. For more information or to register, go to
Wish me luck if you see me there — I’ll need all of it I can get.

— Miles of Smiles 100
This is a century bike ride that’s actually 104 miles this year, along with options to ride 25 miles or 62 miles. They are on Saturday, starting in Hudson. The longer rides start at 7 a.m., and the 25-mile ride at 10 a.m.
This event is free, but donations are accepted and all money goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Awards include Fastest Finisher, Iron Butt (‘cause you can do more than 104 miles if you want to!), and 1st Century Medals to first-time 100-mile riders.
For more information or to register, go to

— 5K for Orphans
This first-time race is sponsored by the Eastview Christian Church in Normal, and proceeds will go to an orphanage in Guatemala.
The race is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Tipton Park in Bloomington. There is a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids fun run. Race day registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
The church is also collecting donations of athletic shoes to distribute to people in need.
Here’s a link for the race form.

— Loda Good Ole Days Celebration 5K
This trail race is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Iroquois. You can run the race solo or as a twosome relay, with each team member covering 2.5K. There’s also a quarter-mile kids run, and several special awards categories for the 5K, including one for participants who run with their (leashed) dogs.
A swimming pool will be available to runners after the race.
Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Here’s a link for the race form.

Weekend of August 6-7:
— Run for Raley
This is a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a kids fun run on Saturday, Aug. 6, in Philo.
The race is in memory of Raley Lynn Kirby, who died in 2008 at seven weeks old of a mitochondrial disorder. The race benefits the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
This year the race is affiliated with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
The races begin at 8 a.m., and race day registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. You can pre-register online through Sunday.
For more information or to register, go to

— Tom Short 5K Trail Run
This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center in Forest Park, Shelbyville. It’s a 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk on an oil and chip trail. Runners can enter a team competition, with five-person teams.
Proceeds from the race will be used to construct and maintain the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville.
Runners and their families will be able to use the pool at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on race day.
Race day registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Here’s a link to the race form.

— Central Illinois Open Water Swim
This is on my list of events for next year. It’s a sanctioned master’s swimming event at Evergreen Lake at Comlara County Park, near Hudson.
The swims are on Saturday, Aug. 6, and there are two swim distances — 1.2 miles and 2.4 miles. The races start at 10 a.m. Check-in is from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
There is no race day registration. You can register online until noon Aug. 5. Mailed registrations must be received by Aug. 4.
Here’s a link for more information and online registration.

— Decatur Celebration Family Fun Run/Walk
This is a non-competitive 1-mile fun run or walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. It follows the Decatur Celebration parade route. Check-in is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and participants get to sit in a special viewing section for the parade following the run/walk.
The run/walk is sponsored by the Obesity Prevention Coalition.
Here’s a link for more information and to get to the race flier.

— Goodenow Insurance Agency Park Series 5K
This is the third of three 5Ks in Springfield’s Park Series of summer races. This race is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Lincoln Park.
The proceeds from this race will go to Homes for Our Troops, which provides accessible homes for wounded veterans. Previous races benefited the American Cancer Society for research on pancreatic cancer, and the Relevant Practical Ministry for Men.
For more information, go to the website for the Goodenow Insurance Agency, which sponsors the race series, at There is a link to the registration form and online registration on the site.

Weekend of August 13-14:
— C-U Across the Prairie
This is the Prairie Cycle Club’s annual ride, on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The ride begins and ends at the Lake of the Woods Pavilion in Mahomet, and riders can choose from 18-, 38- and 62-mile routes. You’ll get a bagel breakfast, food stops along the way, and a post-ride lunch.
Check-in for the ride and day-of-ride registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. Food stops close at 1:30 p.m., and sag support and lunch end at 2:30 p.m.
Register by Monday and save a few dollars.
Here’s a link for more information and to register online.

— SJO 5K
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run in St. Joseph on Saturday, Aug. 13. The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the kids run at 8:30 a.m.
This race is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph middle school and St. Joseph-Ogden high school cross country programs. It’s also run in conjunction with the St. Joseph Fall Festival.
If you mail a registration form postmarked today, you’ll save $5 on your entry fee. There is race day registration from 6 to 7 a.m. at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.
For more information or to register online, go to

— Drummer Creek Dog Days 5K
This 5K run and 2-mile walk is on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Gibson City. Proceeds from the race will go to Ford County Relay for Life.
The races start at 7:30 a.m. and there is race day registration 6 to 7 a.m. If you mail in your registration postmarked today, you’ll save a couple bucks.
Here’s the race flier.

— Evergreen Lake 5K
This is a Lake Run Club event on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Evergreen Lake in Comlara County Park, near Hudson. It benefits the McLean County Parks and Recreation and the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.
There is a 5K race and a kids 1/2-mile fun run, starting at 8 a.m.
For the registration form, click here, then click on the link for the “Evergreen 5K” form.

— Cruisin’ the Cornfields
This is the Sullivan Area Arts bicycle tour through rural Moultrie County on Saturday, Aug. 13.
There are 16-, 41- and 66-mile routes. The rides start at Wyman Park in Sullivan and include a rest stop at Okaw Valley Orchard. Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. Riders doing the 41- and 66-mile routes should start by 8 a.m. Sag support ends at 3 p.m.
The ride benefits the Sullivan Area Arts organization.
Here’s a link for more information or to register.

— Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series
These events on Saturday, Aug. 13, include the Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon and the Railsplitter Triathlon, at Lake Petersburg and Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
The Stovepipe Sprint is a 500-yard swim, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run, and it starts at 7:30 a.m.. The Railsplitter is a 1-mile swim, a 36-mile bike ride and a 7-mile run, and it starts at 7 a.m.
You can register for either online until Aug. 12. Here’s a link for more information and to register.
There is camping available at the New Salem State Historic Site and at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, which is on the Railsplitter bike course.

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